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Location: Kenya

Regional Program: Southeastern Kenya WaSH Program

Impact: 255 Served

Project Phase:  Under Construction
Estimated Install Date:   (Explain This?)  10/31/2017

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Community Profile & Stories

Welcome to the Community

Ngwatanio ya Utui wa Maluvyu Self-Help Group was formed in the year 2015. The average size of each member’s household is six, while the average age of the members is 54. The group is located in Maluvyu Village, which has a population of 255 people from 52 households.

50% of the group members said that they rely on agriculture as their main source of income while 45% of the group members get it from manual labor. 5% of the group members said that they rely on remittances from their relatives as their main source of income.

Water Situation

Some families living in Maluvyu have connected rainwater catchment tanks to their gutter systems. But even they have to travel to the river to fetch water. Since it’s so dry in southeastern Kenya, holes must be dug in the riverbed to get to any water. Women dunk their plastic containers in this visibly contaminated water to fill them.

40% of Ngwatanio ya Maluvyu members travel a distance of less than one kilometer, which is within a range of acceptable access. But the rest of the group members still must travel more than one km to get to the water source every single day (30% of the members travel a distance of 1-2km to fetch their drinking water while 25% travel a distance of 2-3km to fetch their drinking water. The other 5% travel a distance of 3-4km to fetch their drinking water). When water is delivered home, it is emptied into larger storage containers ranging from 200 liters to 1500 liters.

Sanitation Situation

The people in Maluvyu have already had opportunities for hygiene and sanitation training provided by the government, so they are ahead of most other communities.

Almost all of the households here have their own pit latrine. In contrast, only a few of them have hand-washing stations or helpful tools like dish racks and clotheslines (you can see examples of what we found under the pictures tab).

Plans: Hygiene and Sanitation Training

The group will meet for two days for an extensive review on what they’ve learned about hygiene and sanitation. There are also holes in their knowledge, apparent by the lack of hand-washing facilities. During training sessions, group members will learn a locally sustainable way to construct their own ‘handsfree’ hand-washing station. We will also focus on safe water handling, storage, and safe food preparation.

Plans: Hand-Dug Well

This hand-dug well will be constructed adjacent to a sand dam on the riverbed. As the sand dam matures, it will build up sand and naturally filter the river’s water and the rainwater supplied during the rainy season (click here to see the sand dam).

It will raise the water table and transform the land, making it fertile for farming. With the installation of this hand-dug well, water collected at this sand dam will be safely used for drinking.

Recent Project Updates

04/06/2017: Maluvyu Community Project Underway

We are excited to announce that a project to provide clean water for the Muluvyu Community in Kenya is underway. This new well is being constructed adjacent to a sand dam, giving locals a safe way to access clean drinking water. The community members will also attend training sessions on helpful sanitation and hygiene practices. Together these resources will go a long way in stopping the spread of disease in the area! We just posted a report including an introduction to the community, GPS coordinates, and pictures. We will keep you posted as the work continues.

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Project Data

Project Type:  Dug Well and Hand Pump
Location:  Makueni, Kathonzweni, Ituka, Maluvyu
ProjectID: 4779

Country Details


Population: 39.8 Million
Lacking clean water: 43%
Below poverty line: 50%

Partner Profile

Africa Sand Dam Foundation (ASDF) supports self-help groups to harvest and conserve water through construction of sand dams & shallow wells, rock catchments and school roof catchments.